State toxicologist: Claim that NC well water was safe was 'scientifically untrue'

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In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the Winston-Salem Journal has learned that the state toxicologist, Ken Rudo, vocally disagreed with the state's decision to rescind the do-not-drink orders, calling the state's claim that the water was safe "scientifically untrue."

The state toxicologist said the water wasn't safe, but Gov. McCrory's water regulators didn't care. They just wanted to make sure they protected Duke Energy, no matter what the cost to families was. 

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According to Rudo, one of the most experienced health experts in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, that claim is just not true.

“Since we now have an absolutely scientifically untrue human health statement insofar as it pertains to chromium … I am removing my name from the HRE form (do-not-drink letter),” Rudo said in an email to co-workers on March 15, 2015.

“I cannot from an ethical and moral standpoint put my name on a form with this absolutely untrue human health statement, insofar as it pertains to chromium,” he said.

The email comments come to light as Duke Energy moves to prevent testimony that Rudo provided earlier this month in a deposition related to coal-ash litigation from being publicly released. Saying that the deposition is not finished and that some of the testimony is based on hearsay, Duke Energy has requested that a judge issue a protective order sealing the testimony.


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    Thanks, Pat, for South Flint.
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